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Play Video Games Whilst Exercising

Welcome back to another of these Top 100 weight loss tips. This post is article number 29 in the series and provides another great tips to help you lose weight.

This post looks at a pretty simple thing you can do to help shift the excess pounds while you're engaged in what is often the drudgery of an exercise machine.

Play Video Games While You Exercise

Video games can actually help you lose weight fast, if you use them right. But I'm not talking about all that nervous energy you're using when you're actually enthralled by the game while stretched out on the sofa.

I'm talking about using today's gaming technology to improve the time you spend on home exercise machines and working out.

So if you can keep your balance on a stepper machine, or home treadmill or elliptical exercise machine, and you can operate the controls of a popular games machine while pumping your stuff, then it's a great way to take your mind off the repetitiveness of the exercise and make the time go fast. It's way better than doing so many repetitions on the machine while being bored out of your skull because that will just lead you to want to end it as soon as you can.

By diverting your attention onto a video game, you can get so engrossed in the game that you don't realize you probably exercised an extra ten or fifteen minutes more than usual. The best part is that you probably increased your metabolism and burned off a whole load more calories than you would have done otherwise, while trying to kill that bad guy on the monitor, or race that car round the latest set of hairpins!

Why This Works

The reason this works so well is all about a single little chemical that your body produces when you're in a heightened state of alertness. That word we all know but haven't yet associated it with what I'm talking about here, which is adrenalin!

Not only are you able to work up a big sweat on the exercise machine of your choice, but when you play a really fast-paced action game on a game console, you will make even more adrenalin to help your body burn those calories! So believe it or not, those time sapping computer games have a real application when used smart.

They help you concentrate on one thing and avoid distractions that can require long pauses between your exercises. So try racing games or fast action shoot 'em out games that would otherwise keep you on the edge of your chair. The more action packed, face paced and thrilling the game, the better you will burn those calories and the faster your exercise session will seem go by.

So you see not all weight loss exercise need be boring or a long drawn out drudgery. It can be exciting and fun if you have the hardware to do it, and let's face it, most homes nowadays have a video games console in them, so use it to your advantage!

100 Weight Loss Tips number 28 follows in the next post!


Posted on Fri, 23 Oct 2009 in Top 100 Weight Loss Tips | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on "Play Video Games Whilst Exercising"

Brad says:

I'm impressed, I never thought of using video games as a way of boosting my exercise rate on a treadmill! That was a really informative post here. I just wanted to say keep the posts coming cause you are a real wealth of information on weight loss and health and you have some pretty cool ideas that a load of other sites don't cover.

Kerie says:

This article helped me affirm my decision to bring the Gazelle Exercise Machine from the basement and up to my bedroom and use that while I game on my computer using a computer gamepad to play. I figured if I like a game enough to play for more than 4 minutes that would be a good workout done. To block out distractions I would be use gaming headset unless I have to get off to use the bathroom or other emergencies were to happen.